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Sisterhood

Women of Reform Judasim Shir Hadash Sisterhood is an organization of diverse women of varying ages and interests who come together to promote friendship, education, spiritual growth, social activities, through our programs.

We are affiliated with the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).

WRJ is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 65,000 women in over 500 women’s groups in North America and around the world.

For more information, contact Karen Peterson.

What We Do

Sisterhood plans a varied schedule of programs and events that range from religious to educational to social to advocacy. Sisterhood also runs the Temple Gift Shop.

Our programs are open to all adults at Shir Hadash.

Serving the Community

When you join Sisterhood your dues help us to support Shir Hadash as well as the larger Jewish community. At Shir Hadash we have been able to donate funds for camperships for children in our congregation so they can attend a Jewish summer camp. We have also donated money to the capital campaign, and supported various other requests from the congregation. We also help the larger community outside of Shir Hadash by supporting the WRJ YES Fund. The funds from the YES campaign support many programs here and around the world including:

  • Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) - Youth Department (NFTY & KESHER)
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
  • Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR)
  • WRJ advances rabbinic and cantorial scholarship aid for North American students at the three American HUC-JIR campuses. To date, WRJ is the single largest cumulative donor to HUC-JIR.
  • World Union for Progressive Judaism
  • Reform congregations in Israel & the Soviet Union

Youth, Education, and Special Projects Fund

Don’t have time to get to the store to buy a birthday card for a Shir Hadash friend? The Sisterhood has the perfect answer to your dilemma! We will mail a Uniongram inscribed with a message and your name. All you have to do is check off the names on the monthly birthday list, send it in, and we will do the rest, for just $3.00 per name!

The custom of sending Uniongrams was born in 1913 as a method of raising funds for the Youth, Education and Special Projects Fund (Y.E.S.) of the WRJ. Sending a Uniongram serves a dual purpose—it sends your written message to friends and loved ones on a special occasion, and helps fund rabbinic education, youth activities of the WRJ, and special education and service projects of the Women of Reform Judaism.

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